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Who’s looking after your mental wellbeing?

30 May 2019

Do the accountancy bodies do enough to ensure the mental wellbeing of their students?

Mental Health Awareness week took place from 13-19 May across the UK, and PQ magazine was shocked at the lack of real help and advice coming from the profession.

As we have been told there is no regulatory requirement for the bodies to support students with mental health issues. That responsibility lies firmly with training providers, who have direct contact with the students, and their employers. However, even basic signposting and help on where to look for help seems lacking in the student areas of most of the bodies.

There are expectations, and CIPFA appears to be leading the way. It is currently working with the South East Student Network to develop a programme of support that it plans to roll out to other areas.

CABA, which works with ICAEW students and members, has also been ground-breaking in this area. We can’t phrase this organisation enough. It launched its latest mental health campaign in mi-April with the aim of boosting resilience, and helping people balance the pressures of work, life and exams.

*Watch out for our ‘Wellbeing - State of Accountancy’ survey in next month’s PQ magazine out on 14 June.

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